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Stair Lifts

Stair Lifts can be a vital mobility device to those with severe mobility problems that hinders movement up and down stairs, and can be a distinct safety measure as well.  In addition they aid independence and enable those living alone to continue to move around a multi-level home.  Stair Lifts can be purchased new and used/reconditioned, and there are both electric powered and battery powered Stair Lifts.

There are two main types of Stair Lifts - straight and curved. They can be used in just about any home. They are special chairs that run on a track that is mounted on the stairs in your home. This chair has a motor attached to it that will lift a person up and down the stairs. A stair lift is simple to operate and easily installed.

Straight Stair Cases:

On straight stairs cases, the lift will travel along a straight rail with the footrest of the lift normally stopping level with the top stair.

Curved Stair Cases:

Curved Stair Lifts, are usually more expensive, as they have to be made to measure to travel around bends on the stairs and can be made to run on to the landing. Prices vary according to the length of the stairs, the number of bends and the complexity of the bends.  Curved stair lifts can usually be fitted on either side of the stairs; the layout of your staircase will determine which is most suitable.

Electric Powered Stair Lifts

An A/C powered Stair Lift plugs into a standard household electrical outlet and is then powered by household A/C current.  It is therefore a convenient option for those who never want to worry about changing a battery.

Battery Powered Stair Lifts

A D/C powered Stair Lift runs from a rechargeable battery. One of the main benefits of a battery powered stair lift is that they can continue to work even when the power is out. This makes battery-powered stair lifts essential to those who live by themselves, and are unable to get up and down the stairs without the aid of a lift.  Batteries will ordinarily need replacing after about 18-24 months.

Modern stair lifts have a wide variety of features such as adjustable seat height, battery isolation switches, call stations, 'flip-up' rail, key switch, folding step, speed governor, seatbelt, soft start and soft stop.  You should consider what your needs are, and which features would be of particular benefit to you. 

Some of the main manufacturers of Stair Lifts in North America are: Ameriglide, Summit, Bruno, ThyssenKrupp Access, and Sabre

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